‘Liquor sale ban may be expanded’

KOTA BARU: The government has not ruled out expanding Kuala Lumpur’s liquor sale ban on sundry and grocery shops, convenience stores along with Chinese medicine shops to other states, says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Ahmad Marzuk Shaary.

He said he welcomed the decision by Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, via the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), in disallowing liquor sale in these shops from October next year.

He said the matter not only involved religious demands but also received positive feedback in general from civil society including Muslims and non-Muslims.

“Currently the ban is only applicable in the Federal Territories, but we do not rule out the possibility that it will be expanded to other places.

“We also received positive comments and views from the community even though there were a few who voiced disagreement, ” he said.

He said this to reporters after presenting house keys to 48-year-old single mother Rashidah Semail under the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation’s MyHaus Inspiration Programme in Kampung Parang Puting, Pengkalan Chepa here yesterday.

Ahmad Marzuk said Malaysia was slightly behind in terms of controlling the sale of liquor.

“If we look at our neighbouring country such as Singapore, it has stricter rules. However, this is a very good start even though it is only implemented in the Federal Territories so far.

“Hence, this is part of the government’s holistic strategy that needs to be supported by all citizens regardless of religion, race and political affiliation. This is not based on a political agenda, ” he said.

In another development, Ahmad Marzuk said that he supported the implementation of the conditional movement control order in Kelantan starting yesterday until Dec 6 and viewed it as the best preventive measure to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the community. — Bernama

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